This two year course leads to a Pharmacy Technician Qualification. Pharmacy Technicians assist pharmacists in the preparation, checking, storage and dispensing of drugs. The course equips Pharmacy Technicians with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in a professional pharmaceutical environment.
Students develop medical knowledge to recognise common illnesses. They also develop communication skills to liaise with pharmacists and counsel patients on healthcare issues, including the various healthcare schemes available in Ireland. Students will gain experience in dispensing procedures and practices and will be able to interpret prescriptions and prepare medicines for dispensing.
They will be able to maintain patient records and operate pharmacy computer systems. They will also be able to supply non-prescription medicines in accordance with legislation and guidelines. The course is modular with continuous assessment over the two years.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians
Applications are invited from candidates who have completed a relevant foundation qualification, e.g. QQI Level 5 Pharmacy Assistant course or equivalent. Candidates with at least 2 years experience of working full time in a pharmacy dispensary are also eligible to apply. Prospective students must be working in a pharmacy setting for the duration of the course for a minimum of 20 hours a week. All applicants will be interviewed. Additional pre requisites including academic proficiency, a health declaration and vetting will also be considered as part of the admissions process.
Pharmacy Technicians are employed in both the private sector in community and private hospital pharmacies and by the HSE in hospital pharmacies. Other employment opportunities include medical sales for pharmaceutical suppliers. This qualification is recognised in Ireland and the UK. Successful graduates have the opportunity to progress to study in the UK and Ireland.